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Judge tosses discrimination suit against Kaplan

EEOC failed to prove disparate impact in case

A federal judge has tossed a lawsuit against online educator Kaplan Higher Education that accused the company of discriminating against black job applicants. The suit claimed that Kaplan’s practice of doing credit checks resulted in a disparate impact on black people who applied for jobs with the company.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed suit against Kaplan in 2010 on behalf of the applicants, claiming the company’s credit checks on job applicants was a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. The suit said the practice created an "unlawful discriminatory impact because of race and is neither job-related nor justified by business necessity."


Cathleen Flahardy

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